RUSSIAN 231 - Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course provides exposure to Russian society and culture from the ninth century, when written records began, to the Revolution (1917). We will examine defining elements that have distinguished Russian culture from Western civilization. Major emphasis will be given to social, artistic, religious, and political forces in Russian culture. The approach will be interdisciplinary. While investigating major Russian contributions to literature, painting, music, architecture, and religious thought, we will be discussing key components of Russian national identity. Although most of the readings will deal with pre-revolutionary materials, the course will provide many insights into the life and attitudes of Russian people in the Soviet time and in contemporary Russia.

Topics include reform and stagnation, violence and repentance, utopia and modernity. This course is designed for students whose knowledge of Russian history, culture and society is limited or non-existent. No knowledge of the Russian language is required.

Course Requirements: attendance at lectures, participation in class discussions, one short presentation, two quizzes, midterm and final.

Texts include:

  • Tolstoy, Childhood
  • Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
  • Massie, Suzanne, Land of the Firebird (Heart Tree Press, 1980)

RUSSIAN 231 - Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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